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Holidays & Observances in Brunei

Brunei is a Southeast Asian located on the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. It is surrounded on its land side by Malaysia, and is very influenced greatly by Malay culture. Malay is the official language, with English and Chinese as the most popular secondary languages. Islam is practiced by about two thirds of the population, and though there are significant populations of Buddhists and Christians, Islam is the most influential part of Bruneian culture. Many of the laws made are based upon Islamic law, for instance, alcohol is prohibited to be sold and clothing is required to be modest. Islamic holidays are the most widely celebrated across the country, but because of Brunei’s diverse population, Chinese New Year and Christmas are also observed as official holidays.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Chinese New Year Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism, Confucianism
Isra and Mi’raj Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
National Day Brunei Public
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Eid al-Fitr Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
Eid al-Adha Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim